SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "Congratulations, Chief," said Mayor Gary McCarthy.
Meet the new Chief of Police for the Schenectady Police Department. Assistant Chief Brian Kilcullen was promoted Monday, his wife, Diane, pinning on his new badge.
"Grew up in Schenectady, been here since 1967 and I'm excited to be in a position now to move the city forward."
Kilcullen's been with the department since 1994, serving as an assistant chief for the last four years. His experience and dedication are reasons why city leaders are confident in their choice.
"It's an entire package with Brian. He knows what he's doing, he knows everyone in the department, he knows the city, he knows the history, he knows the challenges," said Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett.
"I think his vision for the department and the delivery of services matched mine and matched the goals that I think are long-term needs," said Mayor McCarthy.
And Kilcullen says he already has four big initiatives he wants to roll out in 2013, all aimed at reducing crime in the city by at least 10 percent.
"We plan on implementing our SCOPE program, which is Schenectady Code Operations and Police Enforcement. Look at our crime hot spots, look at some of the code issues in the city, identify those target areas and target our efforts there," he said.
Kilcullen also hopes to crack down on gun violence and outstanding warrants and parking tickets.
His biggest challenge, though? Doing more with less.
"We're budgeted for 20 fewer people than we were a couple of years ago," he said.
Prior to his hiring, there'd been some controversy over Kilcullen living in Milton. Mayor McCarthy said he would not hire a chief who didn't live in the city. But a compromise was reached.
"I'm going to be staying at my parents’ house every time I work," said Kilcullen. "There are some weekend commitments at my family's home in Milton, but I will be in Schenectady every night I work."
To ease any residents' concerns?
"I'll be accessible," he said. "Feel free to call anytime."